Don’t Take Risks with Your Wiring
According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESF), there are approximately 51,000 home electrical fires every year. These fires lead to 500 deaths, over 1,400 injuries, and $1.3 billion worth of property damage, nationwide. Arcing faults alone account for 28,000 fires. Arcing faults occur when a home’s electrical system has loose connections or faulty wiring.
Unfortunately, bad wiring and mistakes when making electrical installations can very easily result in a fire or serious injury. When it comes to electrical systems, we always recommend working with a licensed electrician. Including installing new lighting fixtures. At Right Electric, we always put safety first. Our electricians have the experience to ensure your lighting installation goes smoothly.
How an Electrician Can Help You
Installing a lighting fixture is much more complicated than plugging in a new light. Behind the beautiful light, you see on the surface is a complicated wiring system. Moreover, many light fixtures require installation in ceilings or high up on walls due to their weight. The new light can be challenging to mount and hold in place. These larger fixtures also often require special hardware and equipment to install.
The benefits of working with an electrician for your lighting installation:
- Installs your new light safely
- Ensures proper wiring to reduce the risk of electrical fires
- Secure mounting will be provided
- The electrician will have the special hardware and further equipment needed for specialty light fixtures
- It will be necessary to install hanging lights at a distance that ensures proper illumination
- Wiring for lights will be done according to the switch location
- This will prevent circuit overloads by installing lights on the correct circuits
- The installation will be up to code
Protect Your Lighting Fixture’s Warranty
Licensed electricians also protect the warranty of the new fixture. Many light fixtures, especially larger and expensive ones like chandeliers, come with valuable warranties. And it is not uncommon that a DIY installation renders the warranty void. If you are spending thousands of dollars on a new light fixture, you want to ensure the warranty is valid and available to you for as long as possible.
Do You Need an Electrician to Install Recessed Lighting?
Yes, you should always have a licensed electrician install recessed lighting in your home. Like any lighting fixture, recessed lighting must be hooked into your current electrical system. Sometimes, you will also need to extend your existing electrical system to accommodate the new recessed lighting. Failure to install recessed lighting correctly can result in electrical fires, electric shock and other dangerous hazards.
For safety reasons, recessed lights usually are installed inside ceiling cans. Overheating of the recessed lighting may cause your ceiling’s insulation to ignite, leading to a serious fire. Most recessed lighting has a double can, with the second can creating a cooling air gap that protects both the lighting fixture and your insulation.
Stay safe with your lighting installations by hiring the professionals at Right Electric.